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proceed no. >> ellen book tv the rise of bashar al assad in it syria, the face that many in the weight -- west said that he would implement reforms and the syrian ruler is the group turned toward repression and violence. this is just under an hour. >> tonight we have a program with david lashed. a professor of middle eastern studies and history at the senate study of a texas. and david has been going to syria i believe 23 years. >> 1989. twenty-three years ago. >> started three years. some experience in that country. the reason i am excited to have and talk to us tonight. david got to know bashar al assad having spent a lot of time talking to him, which is pretty unique for an american command academic a particular. david broder a book in 2005 which held out great hope for the future of syria. if you recall, there were is some sense that he would be a reformer in the syria after his father died. discovered that is not the case, and he has no written another book called the fall of the house of assad. so we're going to talk a bit about that tonight. my first question is going to be quit
. thank you. >> assad. >> you know, i don't ever want them to look back at me and say, oh, you made me do this, i don't want the guilt on my hands is something that happens to them. saying hey, i push you into this. i will give them the fact that they need to know so they can make their own decisions. that is all we can do. you can never make anyone's mind up for them. if you don't go to college, i do recommend going into the military. and i'm going to say the marines, of course, because i'm biased. [laughter] >> yes, ma'am? >> no, i don't. she said i'm not wearing my mail today. do i ever were? no, i do not. the only time i where it is when i am required to. it's not what i'm about. i am foremost a marine. i'm an american. that is why i wear american flag cufflinks. i will let you know that any man or woman serving, all of these marines, they should be wearing a metal. it is just as much their mettle as it is mine. if you have ever been in situation to receive a the medal of honor, raise your hand. >> [inaudible question] >> yes, sir. >> [inaudible question] i don't go out and speak all
and it is distinctions that give us the complexity we need to understand the world and assad ran a brutal dictatorship but nothing like saddam hussein. i had my passport taken by the iraqi authorities when i was in iraq -- i was very nervous obviously. i only got back to the airport before i left. i was a journalist who got too close to my story and i was intent on eliminating saddam hussein. i believed like the lot of people, different western countries in the world and on both sides of the aisle that there were wm ds and i believe a regime this suffocatingly brutal you couldn't trust. you had to assume that it existed and the work turned out so miserably. had we had different generals and different strategy could have been different. you can't simply say it wouldn't have mattered no matter what we did but on the other hand a lot of the mistakes we made were implicit in the hubris of the conception because we can play counterfact wills all we want but at the end of the day you are stuck with the fact you have and you have to live with them and deal with them. >> you add up the costs. almost 5,000 ame
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